I wasn’t ready to grow up yet....Until I saw Jude Romano.
A very grown-up man who could make any woman drool.
I’m a fresh college graduate,
Who just spent the summer traveling the country with friends.
I didn’t find love along the way,
But I did find a promising new career.
The only problem is … my father.
He’s decided to invest in launching my new career.
Just not the career I’ve chosen for myself.
He’s also decided to renovate our old summer home,
And insists that I live there with him while settling into my shiny new adult life.
No one tells my father “no.” Not even me.
That’s when Jude Romano comes along to prove me wrong in so many ways.
He has no problem resisting my father’s commands,
But I seem to have a big problem resisting Jude.
It doesn’t help that Jude is fifteen years older than me.
My dad’s head would explode over anyone I tried to date.
He’d never tolerate me seeing someone who’s closer in age to him …
… than to his own daughter.
Jude turns out to be a first for a lot of things for me,
And not just in the way he’s not afraid of my dad.
He’s the first man who’s ever made my heart race,
To make my stomach turn flips, and my legs shake.
I’ve never had a problem saving my virginity …
Until he walks into my life.
Will I ever learn to resist him? Or will we just have to see how long we can keep our steamy affair a secret from everyone we know?
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I always told myself Kat was the girl I was going to marry.
She’s magnificent. Charming. Dedicated. Beautiful.
And a workaholic.
We always said we’d chase our dreams together. Then her mom died, and she did everything she could to live up to her dad’s expectations—even when it meant giving up her dreams and me.
I have everything I want in life, except her.
When I find out her brother is getting married at my parent’s beach house in Hawaii, I convince my mom to invite me. Seven days in Hawaii should be more than enough time to convince her we are meant for each other.
Until I realize she brought her work with her.
And her brother’s fiancé has our days and nights planned out for us.
And her dad invited his new young hot shot lawyer that has his eyes on Kat. He already has daddy’s seal of approval too.
I have my work cut out for me. I can’t fail, because if I do, I might lose my chance with her for good.
One more big case and I’ll make partner. It’s everything I’ve spent the last six years working for.
The deal is in the bag until I learn my brother is getting married in Hawaii in a little over a week. What kind of sister would I be if I didn’t go?
I can work and attend the wedding, right? That’s what video calls are for.
It’s not that easy. Jake is there. My childhood best friend who I’ve always had a crush on. He’s the bad boy that my dad would never approve of. He’s the distraction that I don’t need.
But my body craves him. He makes me laugh and for the first time in forever, I’m having fun.
It would never work. We are too different now, living in two different worlds. A relationship with him would destroy everything I’ve been working for. It’s not something I can risk, no matter how big a temptation he is.
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He was just a sexy friend of mine, and then somehow we were filming videos together for a living.
Hold on… it’s not what you think, though.
Let me cut to the chase.
I quit my day job band replaced it with a job at a company owned by my one of my oldest and best friends, Ethan Paul.
Sounds like a dream, right?
Best friend for a boss. Whoop-de-doo!
Except it was just the opposite of that.
I think I’m in love with him… but my co-worker, April, wants him all to herself.
Oh, and there’s the whole me getting pregnant with Ethan’s baby dilemma.
No, I’m not naming the baby Dilemma — the sentence just reads that way.
On top of that, the company fan base thinks Ethan and April look fabulous together.
Well, there goes my heart flying and crashing into a wall.
Yeah, I’m pretty screwed.
How am I supposed to navigate my feelings that weren’t supposed to exist in the first place while hiding my pregnancy from the world… including the baby daddy?
And what are we supposed to tell the fans when they find out the truth about Ethan?
Right, we’re both screwed and there’s no happily ever after in sight… or is there?
My home is under attack from an alien invasion.
The power has been out for almost a day when my neighbor tells me an alien is in my field. Aliens! Yeah right! But he’s not wrong, and he’s murdered before my eyes. I barely escape with my life when I notice an unconscious beauty in the grass. I have to help her. But when she comes to, there is something not quite human about her. She says she is here to help. I want to believe her, but the world is falling apart, and I have my niece to protect. I can’t deny there is something about her that draws me in. Trusting her will either be the best decision I make or the one that costs me my life.
My family expects me to fail. I’m determined to prove them wrong. But my first mission is a disaster. My shuttle crashed, and I’m the only survivor. I’m injured and on a strange planet with no way to contact my people. That’s when James finds me. He’s the one. My soul mate. I just need to convince him I’m here to help so he doesn’t kill me. I don’t have a lot of time. There is a countdown until the Imanji destroy the Earth. If we don’t make it back to my ship, we will all die.
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Not a fan of Valentine's Day? Neither is Val.
In this gritty, fast paced, action packed anti Valentines Day short, one woman's irrational hatred for all things V-Day will lead her down a treacherous path of poor decision making that lands her in perilous danger.
But will this one dark and terrible night also hold the key to her salvation and spell the end of her bitter loneliness?
** This is a short story, just under 7K words **
I have a secret...
I’m the daughter of one of the most deplorable Bratva Bosses in the underworld.
Only I didn’t know that growing up.
I was shielded and under his watchful eye until his past caught up with him and tragedy struck.
I fled to Moscow to find answers, and the only thing I found was my father’s past chasing after me.
I had nowhere to go until I came upon the perfect hideout.
Only my perfect little hideout wasn’t so perfect.
I ran right into my father’s enemy.
Misha Kozlov, aka “the beast”. The most powerful Bratva Boss in Moscow.
He terrifies me in ways I have never been terrified before, yet he fascinates me.
He’s dark, dangerous, and delicious.
I was instantly drawn to him…but when he discovers the truth about me, it sends shockwaves that could get us both killed.
Whoever says the truth will set you free is a f**king liar; the truth screws you over before it sets you free.
It’s hard to keep an accidental marriage a secret when you end up pregnant.
Yes, we were stupid in Vegas.
But the stupidity didn’t just end there.
It continued after the trip was over and Luke became my temporary roommate.
Luke… as in my brother’s best friend.
As in my new husband.
My accidental husband.
Did I say baby daddy yet?
Luke is way older than me.
Basically, he’s everything he shouldn’t be.
And I’m everything I shouldn’t be either — for example, pregnant.
Luke might be the man of my dreams.
But not every dream comes true.
Especially if it’s packaged with an accidental ring and an accidental baby.
Deliciously sinful, kindle melting hot, full-length, standalone marriage mistake romance. The hea comes packaged with heart pounding feels, off-the-charts heat, loads of emotion and lots of fun!
Devon stood up, searching for a rag, towels, anything to put on her forehead. The sink was only a few feet away. He briskly walked toward it, pulling out several paper towels from the dispenser and wetting them slightly before he knelt and pressed them to her forehead.
She closed her eyes and opened them again, her hand coming up to rest on top of his. It still shook, but her breathing seemed less erratic. “It’s mostly my head. Are you sure it’s not bad?”
“Head injuries bleed a lot, Lark. It’s not that bad, five stitches at most. Do you remember what day it is?” Devon asked. She would likely have a concussion, but he wanted to assess how bad off she was.
“It’s Saturday, and you’re late,” she replied with a frown, after a long moment.
“Glad to see you’re okay.” It was an attempt at lightening the mood. Judging by the scowl, she’d perceived it as something else.
Lark quirked her brow at him and pushed away, grimacing as she sat up. Her other hand flew to her head. Worried she might pass out, Devon gripped her shoulders and pushed her back so she was leaning against the table leg.
“Oh my God,” she said. Her chest heaved and her eyes widened.
Devon didn’t need to look to know what she saw. He tucked a hand under her chin and turned her gaze back to him. “It’s okay,” he said quietly.
“Is he? Did I? I stabbed him, oh my God.” Lark’s breath sped up, sending tears sliding down her face.
“He’s unconscious and tied up. I took care of the other guy.” They needed to get out of here before more of Emmett’s men showed up, or she had a breakdown. “Can you stand? We should go.”
“But you killed the other man?” Her voice squeaked, several octaves higher than normal.
“He tried to kill you, Lark. If I didn’t kill him, he would have killed both of us.”
Lark closed her eyes and took in a shaky breath. “Let's go.” She opened her eyes, a look of determination on her face.
They stood up together. Lark’s body trembled beneath his hand. She wrapped her warm fingers tightly around his forearm, the other holding the towels to her head. His free hand wound around her waist, pulling her close and supporting her with his body. She wobbled slightly, but found her footing.
Devon led her out back, helped her into the passenger side of the truck, and buckled her in. “Lean back and relax, we’ll get you taken care of as soon as we get to the ranch.”
“You’re sure it’s not that bad?” Lark leaned her head back onto the headrest and blotted the giant bloodied knot with the towel.
“You’ll be fine,” Devon assured her, closing the truck door. “Keep the pressure on it to help stop the blood flow.” He pulled his cell phone out and dialed Rick’s number.
“Everything okay, Devon?”
“I need a cleanup crew sent to the bakery ASAP.”
“What happened? Is Lark okay? Were you hurt?” Rick yelled into the phone.
“She’s shaken up, but she’ll be fine. Probably has a concussion, and she definitely needs stitches. It was two of Emmett’s men. I took care of them. One is dead, the other is in restraints.”
“Thank God. Bring her here, I’ll call Preston and let Sarah know. She’s really okay?”
“We’ll be there shortly.”
“Be safe, Devon.”
Devon hung up and climbed into the truck. Lark sat with her eyes closed. He gently touched her arm. Now that they were out of danger, he could no longer ignore the electric charge that shot through his fingers at the mere touch of her heated flesh. “Hey, don’t fall asleep.”
Lark’s eyes popped open. “I was just resting my eyes,” she murmured. Her gaze lowered to his hand on her arm.
“Right,” Devon chuckled, pulling away from her and starting the car. “Seriously though, you need to stay awake. You may have a concussion.”
“I suppose you would know, huh?”
“Actually, yes, but I’m speaking more from a professional standpoint.”
Lark frowned, turning to stare at him. “There’s no way you’re a doctor.”
“Is that so hard to believe?” Devon pulled onto the main road.
Feeling her watching him, he glanced at her from the side. She sighed and looked away, seeming more relaxed. The talking helped, and he needed to make sure she stayed coherent.
“At first it was a way to take care of myself after my mishaps, but it became much more than that. I enjoyed it. The rush of saving someone’s life is a feeling you can’t possibly imagine.”
“Will you pursue that line of work here?” Lark asked.
“Not at the moment, maybe once all this settles down.”
“Right.” Lark rolled her eyes with a sigh.
“My first priority is taking care of my family and pack. In case you didn’t notice, my stepfather is a little upset about us leaving.”
“Is that who those guys were, from his pack?” Lark asked quietly, her voice thick with unshed tears.
“Yes, I don’t know why he came after you. We usually try not to involve humans as our existence is supposed to be a secret.” Anguish filled him again at Emmett lashing out at Lark. “You’re safe. I mean, we won’t let anyone hurt you.”
“Thank you.” Lark turned back to him.
Devon shifted his eyes to her. “You’re welcome.”
Bethany Shaw writes paranormal, science fiction and contemporary romance. Vampires, shapeshifters, and good old-fashioned romances are her favorites. Writing has always been a passion of hers and she enjoys creating fun and imaginative characters and worlds.